The Way Plans Change

A lot has happened since my last post.

Still unable to find a job, I spent the better part of a week in Spokane, hitting the temporary agencies there. I’m still waiting to find out if it had any beneficial effects or not.

I also have come to a decision about the story I was working on. One of my pet peeves is books that are too “preachy,” and the story was looking like it was headed in that direction. I thought long and hard, but wasn’t able to come up with a method of saving it, so I’m shelving it in favor of another project which I hope will help me avoid the preachy tone.

My friends are working on editing Librarian, so I hope to have it ready for publication soon.

I do hope 2014 turns out to be a better year than 2013.

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Daily Accountability, Day 14

Another day of no writing. I am feeling better, though, so that’s a step in the right direction.

I’ve got a job interview tomorrow so I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done tomorrow, but on the other hand, a lot of my best ideas come when I’m driving and something — I don’t always know what — sparks my imagination. Could be a song on the radio (which is set to Christmas songs right now), could be something I see out the windshield, could be just about anything.

Speaking of where imagination comes from and sometimes takes us, you might enjoy reading this article from the writers of the online game Guild Wars 2 about where one idea started and went to… and might go from here. This is one of the things I love about online gaming in general, and GW2 in particular: the fact that the writers can create truly changeable and indeed changing worlds. GW2 certainly does change with time, which adds to the appeal.

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Daily Accountability, Day 13

Unlucky 13. No words today.

I seem to have picked up my annual case of the flu. Monday and Tuesday I spent a lot of time in the bathroom, and today I just had no energy.

Fortunately for a writer, this isn’t completely lost time. My brain still works, and I’ve been working out where to go next in the story. Those who’ve never tried to write a story and weave all the elements together really don’t know how hard it can be to do. I’ve actually encouraged several of my friends to give it a try on their own, but they haven’t started to my knowledge.

I guess maybe they do recognize that it’s a hard thing to do, but I still don’t think they realize how hard.

Or maybe I’m just grumpy cause I don’t feel good.

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Daily Accountability, Day 12

Another day, another nearly 1,700 words. Not a bad do if I do say so myself.

I figure it’s time to share a little about the work-in-progress (WIP). The basic idea is that wizards are being possessed by demons that are escaping their control a lot more than normal. It falls to a cleric to take up the job of banishing these demons and determining why the control spells aren’t working, and solve it if he can.

Honestly, part of the reason I wanted a cleric as the main character is because of the strain in fantasy literature that paints whatever church exists in the author’s world as the focus of evil. Religion has had a long and positive association with fantasy literature, from the Lord of the Rings to the Narnia books, and I think it’s time for a new infusion.

I may be losing some readers, but honestly, anything you write risks losing some readers, and I’m hoping I also pick up some readers who feel like I do.

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Daily Accountability, Day 11

Got started on the new project, currently unnamed, today, and got a good start on it with a little over 1,500 words.

For some reason, beginnings are rough for me. Once I get a story rolling I can usually keep it rolling, but the process of getting it rolling is sometimes really difficult.

I also spent some time today investigating something I discovered that could — if it works well — help me pay for editing and cover design on Librarian. It’s called Pubslush, and it’s a crowdfunding website specifically for book projects. I’m very seriously considering putting Librarian out there once I decide what sort of “rewards” I want to offer in exchange for donations.

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Daily Accountability, Day 10

Another day of worldbuilding and not writing, but I think I have most of the major items nailed down. Of course, there’s still things that I haven’t thought of yet, that won’t pop up until I actually need them in the story, but that seems to be normal for the way I write.

Honestly, I love writing by the seat of my pants… it’s like I’m reading a brand new story as I’m writing it for others to read. I know that some planning has to go in beforehand, but the real joy for me is the actual writing, not the worldbuilding.

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Daily Accountability, Day 9

Another no writing day, but I think I’ve got the basic idea for the system of magic for the new WIP, which is a good start. I hope to be able to get to work on it on Monday, so I still have several things to work out.

At least that’s what I tell myself… makes me feel like less of a slacker.

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